Personality Styles Of Graduates Of A Dental Hygiene Program
Authors: Westphal, Cheryl; Kreismann, Judy; Stefanou, Lisa; Lupovici, Eva M
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene, Number 5 Fall 1st October 2008 , pp. 63-63(1)
Publisher: American Dental Hygienists' Association
Abstract:I-Speak Your Language, ® A Survey of Personal Styles was administered to 57 recent graduates of a dental hygiene program to determine each student’s favored primary personal style, and group profile based on 4 major personal styles. The Survey is based on the theory developed by Carl Jung, and is designed to measure individual primary personal style, and associated styles of behavior in favorable and stressful conditions.
The 4 major personal styles are: Intuitor(I), Thinker(T), Feeler(F), and Senser(S). The results of the survey indicate that under favorable conditions 37% of the graduates were F, who relate to and understand experiences through emotional reactions and responds to feeling. There were 28% S, who experience mainly on the basis of their own sensory perceptions. There were 25% T who analyze and order in logical fashion, and 10% I, who conceive, project, and are creative. In unfavorable conditions or stress, 39% of all the graduates were F, 33% S, 16% I, and 12% T. The changes in styles are the following: Under stress 43% of the graduates whose style that of an F, remained the same, while 48% reverted equally to I or S, and 9% T. Under stress, 38% of the S personal style remained the same, 44% reverted to F, 12% I, 6% T. Under stress, 21% of the T personal style remained the same, 36% became F, and 36% S, and 7% I. The I style became 50% S, with the remaining equally divided among the other 3 personality styles.
The results of the Survey identified the personal styles of graduates of one dental hygiene program in favorable and unfavorable conditions, and the main functions associated with each style. Knowledge of individual primary personal styles and associated characteristics by educators and students could assist each to self-analyze behavioral observations to help each individual to determine the extent to which his/her style applications are working constructively or not. It gives a clear understanding of how over reliance on some styles or under-use of other styles may be contributing to success or difficulties in school and life. Approaches to life are different for the various personal styles.
Document Type: Abstract
Affiliations: New York University College Of Dentistry
Publication date: Fall 2008
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